PETALING JAYA: Clean up after visiting recreational places and public parks to reduce the spread of disease-carrying rodents, said the Malaysian Nature Society.
Its communications head Andrew Sebastian said some people have expressed worry about visiting such areas as they fear water contamination from leptospirosis.
“They are afraid for their children and of engaging in outdoor activities. After all these years of neglecting to care for the environment, it has now come back to haunt us,” he said.
Andrew said irresponsible actions which encourage the spread of vermin include indiscriminately discarding food waste in public areas.
The food waste, he said, then became a feeding ground for wildlife, including rats.
“This increases the risks of disease. So if you go to a picnic area, clean up after yourself,” he advised.
Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahya had warned the public to be careful when swimming at waterfalls and ponds after Abu Hanifah Redzuan, 23, died from leptospirosis last month.
He had gone for a swim at the Lata Bayu Waterfalls in Baling, Kedah. His six family members were also warded at various hospitals.